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in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petreas used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces can come home? >> when you look it at the positions between president obama and mitt romney, is there a lot of daylight in their views of the policy regarding afghanistan? >> frankly, there's not. romney will criticize the president for announcing a firm deadline for 0 withdrawal of u.s. forces. it's long been thought by republicans that doing so would allow the taliban, particularly the taliban that's holed up i
iraq did not change the middle east as many felt it would just by projecting american power. this is in many ways about the kind of leadership that we're seeing take root in the middle east and what leverage the united states has. i think that's a critical question. how the united states uses leverage in that part of the world and what about american public opinion? americans are very frustrated seeing all these images after we give millions of dollars to these countries and have actually played a role militarily and otherwise in helping to free folks, citizens of libya and egypt from rule. >> david gregory, thanks very much. >> thanks, lester. >>> now a check on the rest of this morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is over at the news desk. good morning. >>> good morning, jenna and lester. good morning, everyone. fbi agents have arrest add man they say planned to detonate a car bomb outside a bar in downtown chicago. more now from nbc's michelle franzen. >> reporter: authorities say a bar in chicago's busy downtown was the target friday night of an alleged car bomb pl
toughness in regard to al qaeda, an ending to the wars in afghanistan and iraq, and also his repivoting or rebalancing towards asia. that was the narrative he preferred. when you get through that basic set of accomplishments and then you have to ask the question are we better off than we were four years ago, and we see embassies being attacked around the world, it's hard to say yes. so whether it's president obama's fault at all or not -- and i don't really think it is, it does change the narrative. it can't be good for the president. and obviously it's tragic. you tell from yesterday's ceremony how much people admired this ambassador and the other state department employees who were killed. how sad of a day this is for the country. i don't think it was anything good for the president. >> good to talk to both of you. thanks very much. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is at the news desk. >> good morning, kate and lester. good morning, everyone. the heightened sense of danger for americans abroad, a rash of bomb threats at home are being
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